What is CBD?
Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is one of the cannabinoids which can be found in the cannabis plant.
CBD is a naturally occurring chemical that when ingested (through oils, balms, tinctures, edibles, etc) can give the user the feeling of relaxation.
Unlike THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid within the cannabis plant) CBD is not psychoactive and therefore does make you high.
Why CBD doesn’t get you high
The cannabis plant is made up of two main cannabinoids; THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).
CBD is considered an anti-psychotic and acts almost to counter the psychoactive effect of THC. This is why CBD does not give the feeling of euphoria which is commonly associated with being high.
Furthermore; CBD can also be found in the hemp plant. Hemp also has no psychoactive effects.
CBD: Medical / Health Benefits
CBD can have many positive health benefits; although CBD is not intoxicating, research suggests that it can help you feel relaxed and calm.
For this reason, research has shown that CBD may help individuals who are dealing with anxiety and depression.
Research has also shown that CBD may also be useful as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Currently, CBD is being used to help patients with epilepsy and it has been reported to benefit those suffering from seizures.
Doctors are also now exploring its anti-psychotic properties with patients that are dealing with schizophrenia.
We are still at very early stages in terms of researching CBD and its health benefits, yet scientists are spending more time than ever before researching CBD trying to understand this chemical compound.
How CBD works in the body
CBD works on the endocannabinoid system within the human body. CBD binds to neurotransmitters and receptors known as CB1 & CB2. This allows it to interact with the central nervous system.
As CBD is non-psychoactive, unlike THC, it will not give the user a high. CBD has shown lots of promise for its medicinal benefits and research is still ongoing.